Looks like I'll be throwing my hat into the ring for this year's NaNoWriMo too, but with a better plot line to work off of and a lot more interest in the topic. Information will still be added as I map this out more as well as figuring out a title for the story.
- The year is 921. A band of Vikings is contracted out by the High King of Ireland, Donnchad Don, to retrieve a rogue jarl who has committed crimes of ordering his men to murder those who would not pay the taxes imposed on them. After a fierce battle in the jarl’s city, two Vikings, Rømling Rettferdighetson and Forrådir Grådighetson, corner the jarl. However, Forrådir believes he could get more money from a bounty placed on the murder of a valuable target. He then murders the jarl and frames Røm, which leads to a quest for Røm to clear his name and bring justice on Forrådir for his betrayal.
- Rømling Rettferdighetson - The main protagonist of the story. He is one of the raiders tasked with capturing Jarl Aerick and bringing him to justice. However, he is betrayed by Forrådir and framed for the murder of the jarl before he could be brought to stand trial. A bounty is placed on Røm’s head for the murder and is on the run working to clear his name and bring justice to his former comrade.
- In Norwegian, “Rømling” means “fugitive,” fitting for the unjust title bestowed upon him. “Rettferdighetson” means “son of justice.”
- Alea Grimmsdottir - Røm’s childhood friend and comrade. She is one of the raiders tasked with capturing Jarl Aerick and bringing him to justice. Unlike the other Vikings, she wields a scythe, which has earned her the nickname “Grim Reaper.” She is one of the few Vikings who do not believe Røm would be capable of murdering a high-profile target when there’s plenty more to gain for capturing him alive. She aids him in his quest to clear his name.
- In Norwegian, "Grimmsdottir" means "daughter of Grimm."
- Forrådir Grådighetson - The main antagonist of the story. He is one of the raiders tasked with capturing Jarl Aerick and bringing him to justice. Deceptive and greedy, Forrådir plots to kill the jarl and frame Rømling for it seeing as how a bounty for murdering a high-profile target before he could stand trial would be worth more money. He kills the jarl and frames Røm before he even has a chance to defend himself. Forrådir leads the charge in search of Røm to capture him and reap the rewards of the bounty.
- In Norwegian, “Forrådir” is a derivative of the word “forråde,” which means “betray.” “Grådighetson” means “son of greed.”
- High King of Ireland, Donnchad Don - The High King who contracts the band of raiders to retrieve Jarl Aerick and bring him to stand trial for his crimes. Upon hearing he was murdered by one of the Vikings before he had a chance to answer for his crimes, the High King puts a bounty on Røm that is worth significantly more than what the Vikings were offered for the capture of Jarl Aerick
- Donnchad Don was a real High King of Ireland who ruled from 918-942 AD
- Jarl Aerick - A jarl wanted for his crimes of murdering his own people if they were unable to, or refuse to, pay the incredible taxes imposed onto them. His men fight the band of Vikings, but were quickly overpowered and he is cornered by Røm and Forrådir, where he is murdered by the latter.
- Run by Douglas E. Winter
- The Viking Age (793-1066 AD)
- “Betrayer” by Trivium